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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

Urinary incontinence: Unintentional loss of urine. Inability to hold urine in the bladder due to loss of voluntary control over the bladder (detrusor) muscle and/or urinary sphincters resulting in the involuntary passage of urine. In this article, the term "incontinence" will be used to mean urinary incontinence. See also fecal incontinence.

Diagnosis

Physical Examination

The physical examination will focus on looking for signs of medical conditions causing incontinence, such as tumors that block the urinary tract, stool impaction, and poor reflexes or sensations, which may be evidence of a nerve-related cause.

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